Bighorn Regional Advisory Committee Advice Out of Step with most Albertans
— Media Release March 8, 2018
EDMONTON – On Wednesday the province of Alberta released advice from the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) for the North Saskatchewan Regional Land Use Plan, including an area known as the Bighorn Backcountry.
“This is advice given to a previous government and does not reflect the outlook of most Albertans about the importance of parks, wildlife and water,” says Stephen Legault, program director at Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
“Headwaters protection, recreation opportunities for all Albertans, and protecting wildlife should be clear priorities moving forward.”
“The status-quo isn’t good enough for Alberta if we want to continue to lead Canada in our efforts to protect nature and encourage families to recreate in our great outdoors,” says Kecia Kerr, executive director of the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
The groups will continue to work with community members, First Nations, and other citizens to ensure a positive vision and plan protecting the 6,800-square-kilometres of the Bighorn is advanced by the government.
They also thank the 27 members of the advisory committee who participated in the RAC process for their time and dedication.
For more information or media contacts:
Kecia Kerr, Executive Director, CPAWS Northern Alberta
Phone: 780-328-3780 ext. 1
Stephen Legault, Program Director, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative Alberta, Crown and Northwest Territories
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land and water and ensuring our parks are managed to protect the biodiversity within them. Over the last 50+ years, CPAWS has played a lead role in protecting over half a million square kilometres – an area bigger than the entire Yukon Territory. Our vision is to protect at least half of our public land and water so that future generations can experience Canada’s irreplaceable wilderness.
CPAWS has chapters in almost every province and territory across Canada, and two chapters here in Alberta – a Southern Alberta chapter located in Calgary and a Northern Alberta chapter located in Edmonton. As a collaborative organization, CPAWS works closely with government of all levels, industry representatives, and communities to manage our impact on a shared landscape. We also advocate for the creation of parks and protected areas for the benefit of both current and future generations of Canadians.